There are 2 definitions of dowse in English:

dowse1

Syllabification: dowse
Pronunciation: /douz
 
/

verb

[no object]
  • 1Practice dowsing: water is easy to dowse for
    More example sentences
    • I also have no doubt that when practiced by someone with a good practical knowledge of field archaeology, dowsing with rods can sometimes hit the jackpot.
    • I can tell you of Ph.D. physicists who believe that they can dowse, and who endorse dowsing rods and free-energy machines.
    • I know mechanics who dowse to determine mechanical problems in cars, and other machinery and maintenance workers who use dowsing to find underground water lines, leaks, and electrical problems.
  • 1.1 [with object] Search for or discover by dowsing: he dowsed a spiral of energy on the stone
    More example sentences
    • The experts in this dowsers' society say you can successfully dowse anything at all.
    • The moments of small victory are often limited to a shopping cart that stays when it is told to or sending a small hope before dowsing the wine aisle for a good vintage.
    • So one Sunday morning soon after sunrise we entered the field and made our examinations, buried the bottles and dowsed the formation.

Derivatives

dowser

noun
More example sentences
  • Most psychics and dowsers, for example, do not even realize that they need to do controlled tests of their powers to rule out the possibility that they are deceiving themselves.
  • Controlled experiments set up to test the abilities of dowsers have shown that dowsers are no better at finding hidden substances than chance would predict.
  • Every dowsing organization, or dowser, that we have contacted, has ignored this offer.

Origin

late 17th century: of unknown origin.

More definitions of dowse

Definition of dowse in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day milord
Pronunciation: məˈlôrd
noun
used to address an English nobleman

There are 2 definitions of dowse in English:

dowse2

Syllabification: dowse
Pronunciation: /
 
douz/

verb

More definitions of dowse

Definition of dowse in: